Hi there, I’m Naja B. and welcome to Blerdy Otome, your go to source for news and reviews of Otome Games, Indie Visual Novels and everything in between. I started my blogging journey back in 2015 and what started as a way to procrastinate on my Master’s thesis has grown into a place where I can share my love of these game with you! As a Black female gamer, it’s my mission to not only to spread the gospel of Otome to everyone I meet, but to use my voice to spotlight games featuring characters of color and stories that are representative of the wonderfully diverse gaming community. Blerdy Otome is a place that runs on Black Girl Magic and Dreams–together I hope that we can create a community of folks that love games and aren’t afraid to share their stories!
The Wonder of Anime Podcast– Lisa, the host of the Wonder of Anime podcast invited me to join her for an episode and now we’re besties. We had a blast chatting and I may or may not have turned her on to some games. Definitely check out the episode when you have the chance!
Manga Mavericks Podcast – I participate in a roundtable discussion about representation in anime and manga with the Black Manga Critic, an anime/manga Youtuber, Eunice Ibama, the founder of BlackGirlsAnime, and mecha enthusist Ash, also known as TheMacabreChap. Honestly, this was one of the best experiences I had all year–we swapped stories about growing up Black and nerdy, discussed representation, and just had fun. Definitely give the episode a listen if you have the chance!
Fangirl Trash Can Podcast – I started hosting Fangirl Trashcan Podcast, a monthy podcast with some long time blogging buddies, Lita Kino from Lita Kino Anime Corner and Ani-Youtuber, Shay Taree. So far we have two episode out, but if you’re in the mood for fun discussions about anime, manga, and of course games definitely give us a listen over on Anchor!
Interview with Soulcial Dreamers – The ladies of Soulcial Dreamer invited me to do an interview with them about my experiences being a Black nerd and running a dedicated review site
Featured in #CreativeQueens – Game studio Great Gretuski hosts an interview series spotlighting female content creators in the gaming and animation industries. Blerdy Otome was featured in episode 8 of the series!
Diversity in the Gaming Industry Editorial – I provided a short quote for the editorial, How to Improve Diversity in the Gaming Industry Once and For All written by Joseph Hunter for Dread XP.